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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 12 (horror, scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||The movie's horror-like cartoon images are made even scarier in 3D, and could cause younger children, particularly preschoolers, to be fearful of receiving Christmas gifts.|
|Children aged 8-12||Parental guidance recommended, particularly at the younger end of this age bracket|
|Children over the age of 12||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Nightmare Before Christmas 3D|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon with the singing voice of Danny Elfman) is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, a strange place full of monsters, witches, ghosts, ghouls and vampires. When Jack becomes disillusioned with his purpose in life and leaves Halloweentown, he stumbles into a snow covered Christmastown. Jack is overwhelmed with the spirit of Christmas and decides that this is his new purpose in life.
Unfortunately when Jack returns to Halloweentown, he has misunderstood some elements of what he has seen, and believes that ‘Sandy Claws’ is an evil dictator. He arranges for Santa to be abducted by Lock, Shock and Barrel, three trick- or- treater type children. Jack plans that he will replace him, and Halloweentown starts making its own style of Christmas toys. Sally (Catherine O’Hara), a rag doll who is in love with Jack, but is kept locked in her bedroom by her mad scientist creator, Dr. Finkelstein (William Hickey) is opposed to the idea of Jack taking over Christmas. When Santa is kidnapped and handed over to Oogie Boogie (Ken Page), the malevolent head of Halloweentown’s underworld, she tries to free him, but she too is captured.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Identity crisis, Halloween
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, Nightmare Before Christmas contains hundreds of horror-like cartoon characters, the residents of Halloweentown, some of which could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group could also be scared or disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Many children between the ages of eight and thirteen years should be capable of viewing the horror-like images in this movie. However, some of the images may still be problematic for some children closer to the age of eight years depending on the child’s level of exposure to horror-like images such as those presented in this film.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing further of concern.
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a remake of Tim Burton’s original 1994 stop-motion animation film with 3D effects. While the movie targets children, it is too scary for younger children and better suited to older children, adolescents and adults many of whom may find it highly entertaining.
The main message is about finding your identity and being happy with who you are. Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include selflessness and trying to put things right when we make mistakes.
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children what would really happen if they kidnapped someone, gave the sort of gifts given in the movie, poisoned someone’s food or threw themselves from a great height.
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